Sunday, March 18, 2012
Pet Review - Hartz Mini Mice
Desperate for a toy to catch his interest, I'd been buying something new each week when I went grocery shopping, and nothing really did the trick until the day I bought these . . .
Mini Mice! Minion *LOVES* these things! And they have been a life saver for us. They are small, the body being about 1 1/2 inches long, covered in a furry fabric, with a long fabric tail and little pink felt ears. The inner part is a sturdy white plastic. The website says they have catnip but I don't seen any mention of it on the packaging. The moment I pulled the first package out of the shopping bag Minion was there. He would have been happy grabbing the whole dang pack and running with it! I had to drop everything else to cut open the package and get one mouse out . . . and he was leaping at me to get it. It was hilarious. I tossed it across the floor and Minion took off after it.
And he played with that thing for HOURS.
Lynx also loves these little mice but he just doesn't play as much as Minion, and it doesn't help that Minion never *lets* the old man play. If Lynx is batting something around, Minion has to be right there to see what it is. Like I said, he's a demon child.
Anyway, the one outside of the package in the picture above is one that he'd already been playing with, so it looks a bit . . . crusty. But, back to the point, Minion goes nuts for these things. He will bat it around the kitchen for at least an hour. If he comes into another room to check on things, he's carrying his toy like it's a real mouse. He will get protective of his 'kill' just like with a real mouse. And after he's had enough quality time with the victim, he will stop batting and chasing, and instead go to work on 'eating' it. He will bite hard on it, crushing the inner plastic body, and will pick at the fur until that plastic is exposed. Then he's done.
A mouse used to last him a few days. Sometimes he'll finish one off in a matter of hours. But oh, the peace and joy that we have while he's playing with one!
I buy these Mini Mice at Walmart, but I've seen them in almost every store that has a pet section. The large pack is 12 mice for $5.27, and the smaller pack is something like $3.27 for five. (I forgot to note the price, and will update this post after my next stop at Walmart.)
These little buggers have been a surprise hit with our kitties, and have provided many hours of play for our high energy, attention starved kitten. And they're quite cheap! I absolutely recommend them, and I'd love to hear how your kitty reacts to them.